The use of qualitative research methodology in orthopaedics: tell it as it is

Howard, David and Davis, Peter (2002) The use of qualitative research methodology in orthopaedics: tell it as it is. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, 6 (3). pp. 135-139. ISSN 1361-3111

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The article reviews the relatively weak position of qualitative research within health care in the UK. A comparison is made between quantitative and qualitative paradigms of research from the perspective of health care professionals. The tensions and paradoxes between nursing and medical research in orthopaedics are made explicit. Reliability and validity are taken as cornerstones of both types of research, with triangulation as the key to substantiating qualitative research approaches. We describe the evolution of research methodologies to a design we call Diagnostic Research. This is an eclectic design where hypothesis generation is derived from clinical practice using qualitative research methodologies. Subsequently these are tested robustly, using quantitative methods to establish their validity, and in turn become part of professional knowledge.
Nursing research currently has a leaning towards qualitative approaches that are held in low esteem when brought into the health care research arena. This article proposes that qualitative research has a place in health care research and is probably the necessary precursor and support to much quantitative research. Even our medical colleagues are beginning to realise the importance of this complementary methodology

Additional Information:The article reviews the relatively weak position of qualitative research within health care in the UK. A comparison is made between quantitative and qualitative paradigms of research from the perspective of health care professionals. The tensions and paradoxes between nursing and medical research in orthopaedics are made explicit. Reliability and validity are taken as cornerstones of both types of research, with triangulation as the key to substantiating qualitative research approaches. We describe the evolution of research methodologies to a design we call Diagnostic Research. This is an eclectic design where hypothesis generation is derived from clinical practice using qualitative research methodologies. Subsequently these are tested robustly, using quantitative methods to establish their validity, and in turn become part of professional knowledge. Nursing research currently has a leaning towards qualitative approaches that are held in low esteem when brought into the health care research arena. This article proposes that qualitative research has a place in health care research and is probably the necessary precursor and support to much quantitative research. Even our medical colleagues are beginning to realise the importance of this complementary methodology
Keywords:research method, qualitative research, reliability and validity
Subjects:X Education > X210 Research skills
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:7290
Deposited On:18 Jan 2013 12:21

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